Get Your Witches Together for Some Spooky Treating
Fall conjures up many images, but in October, my thoughts turn to Halloween. Especially this year because it falls on a Saturday! It's a perfect reason to gather your girlfriends and host a fun evening of delicious, ghoulish meals, snacks, and some “boos”, while answering the door to enjoy trick or treaters in their costumes.
I love these two spooky, simple treats to make during your October girls weekend. First, Eyeball deviled eggs (Can you see them?) and Spooky punch.
Eyeball deviled eggs
Ingredients for 12 | Multiply by degree of hunger, divide by number of girlfriends!
- 12 large eggs
- 6 to 8 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 to 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Green food coloring (as needed)
- Roasted red pepper (sliced into very thin strips)
- 6 olives (kalamata or pimiento-stuffed)
- Garnish: olives, grape tomatoes, or other vegetables
Put the eggs in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. The water level should be at least 1 inch above the eggs.
Place the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
Cover the pan, turn off the heat, and let it stand for about 17 to 21 minutes, depending on how much moisture you like in your egg yolks.
Carefully pour off most of the hot water and place the saucepan under cold running water. Run the cold water over the eggs until they are cooled but still slightly warm.
To peel the eggs, tap both ends gently on the countertop to break and then roll them gently under a hand to crack the entire surface. Starting at the wide end, peel the eggs under running water. (Tip—fresh eggs are actually harder to peel cleanly, so try to find eggs that are within about 1 week to 10 days of the expiration date on the carton.)
Cut the eggs in half lengthwise.
Put the yolks in a bowl and place the 24 white halves on an egg plate. If you don't have an egg dish, spread some spring greens on a platter and arrange the eggs on the greens to keep them from wobbling.
Mash the egg yolks in the bowl until smooth. Add 6 tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon of relish, and the mustard. Mix well and add salt and pepper, to taste. Add more mayonnaise and relish as needed for moisture and flavor.
Mix a few drops of green food coloring into the egg yolks until the desired color has been reached. Blend well.
Put the yolk filling mixture in a pastry bag with a large round tip. Alternatively, cut a small piece of the corner from a plastic food storage bag; spoon the yolk mixture into the bag.
Arrange the thin slices of roasted red bell pepper over the egg whites to make them look like bloodshot eyes or sprinkle the whites with paprika.
Pipe the filling into the shells.
Slice the olives in half crosswise. Sink each olive, cut-side up, into the center of the filling in each egg.
Add olives, grape tomatoes, or other vegetables around the eggs, if desired.
Cover and refrigerate until you're ready to serve and enjoy.
Let’s not forget beverage refreshments for you and your besties. It may look a little extra but it’s worth it!
Ingredients for 16 | Multiply by degree of thirst, divide by number of girlfriends!
- Latex gloves small (the larger the punch bowl the more “hand-sicles” needed)
- 2 cups orange juice
- 2 cups pineapple juice
- 6 ounces cherry liqueur, divided
- 3 apples, cored and thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup fresh cranberries (or frozen and defrosted, or 1/8 cup dried)
- 1 cup spiced rum
- 4 cups white grape juice, chilled
- 1 cup pomegranate juice, chilled
- 1 cup apple juice, chilled
- 1 cup black currant juice (or black cherry juice), chilled
- 1/2 cup vodka, chilled
- 1 cup peach schnapps, chilled
- 2 cups champagne or sparkling white wine, chilled
The day before the event, wash the gloves.
In a large bowl, combine the orange juice, pineapple juice, and enough cherry liqueur to achieve a peach-colored flesh tone. Reserve remaining liqueur.
Fill the gloves with the mixture, tie off at the wrist, and freeze overnight to make hand-sicles.
In a glass bowl or large Mason jar, combine the apple slices and cranberries with the rum. Cover and place in the refrigerator to soak for 6-8 hours or overnight.
The day you and your friends want to drink, combine the rest of the juices with the vodka, schnapps, and champagne in a large punch bowl. Drain the spiced rum off of the fruit, and save it for another use. Or, if you choose, add it to the punch now, along with the fruit. Place hand-sicles into the punch bowl. Drizzle with the remaining cherry liqueur, and serve.
Perhaps you want someone else to do the cooking and serving during your weekend away with the girls. Check out this week’s Let’s Go blog where we feature Massachusetts. What better destination than to Salem—the location of the infamous Salem witch trials of 1692? Can’t get spookier than that!
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